Prince: 'I Like Their Style of Play'

After a strong summer on the AAU circuit where his stock rose considerably, Memphis (TN) point guard J.P. Prince prepares for an exciting month of official visits and a possible verbal commitment.

Playing this summer for Memphis YOMCA, Prince ran the show for his AAU team. Recently he was tabbed the nation's #4 point guard prospect by's Dave Telep, and he's now considering a strong group of college programs.

"Right now I'm looking at Vanderbilt, Arizona, Florida, NC State, Memphis, Oklahoma, and Texas," J.P. Prince told Pack Pride. "I've got my visits pretty much narrowed down. I'll be at Vanderbilt this weekend, and then I'll head up to NC State. After that I go to Florida and then I'll take a week off before going to Arizona. Those are the dates we have on the table right now."

Along with Vanderbilt and Memphis, NC State has recruited Prince for a very long time and was one of the first programs to offer the talented guard. Rumors suggested that early on the Wolfpack held a slight lead, and he admits those rumors were true.

"That's true, and they have always been recruiting me," Prince said. "I think they followed up on me ahead of time, so I think the schools like that may have a little slight advantage."

What does he like about the Wolfpack?

"I like their style of play," Prince said. "They are in the ACC, and I really like their offense. Their offense has a lot of freedom, and it let's you get out and run. It's an open style with a lot of back door cuts. With Julius Hodge leaving I think I could come in and play right away."

Landing Prince, NC State's top priority at point guard, will not be an easy task. Programs like Oklahoma, Arizona, Vanderbilt, Memphis, and Florida are all heavily involved.

The Arizona Wildcats just jumped in, and they appeal to Prince as well.

"It's a great school, and they produce great point guards," he said. "They got in on me after the NIKE camp."

NC State, Arizona, and Vanderbilt are currently recruiting him the hardest and that could be a major factor. Prince wants to play major minutes as a true freshman and believes he's a legitimate point guard prospect.

Although at this point he feels that he will take all the scheduled official visits, Prince didn't rule out making an early commitment.

"If it happens it happens, and if it doesn't it doesn't," Prince said. "That's how I feel about it. If I feel that comfortable with a school I'd be glad to commit right away."


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